The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has raised concerns among manufacturers worldwide. If you are considered essential manufacturing personnel during the pandemic, you still need to work. However, you also need to take extra precautions to protect yourself and others against the coronavirus.  

It is paramount to do your part to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Yet, manufacturing workers often perform various tasks that require face-to-face communication and collaboration. The result: it may seem virtually impossible for essential manufacturing workers to safeguard themselves and others against the coronavirus and do their jobs.   

Ultimately, there are many things that essential manufacturing workers can do to remain safe and productive throughout the coronavirus pandemic, such as:  

1. Practice Social Distancing

Keep a minimum of 6 feet of physical space between yourself and others. You should also refrain from any physical contact with others.  

2. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Wash your hands as often as possible during the day. To do so, apply soap and water to your hands for at least 20 seconds. Or, if soap and water are unavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol. You should wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose, too.  

3. Clean and Disinfect Surfaces

Clean and disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and other surfaces you frequently touch during the day. Apply detergent or soap and water to clean surfaces. Then, use a household disinfectant that contains a minimum of 70% alcohol that can destroy COVID-19 and other viruses on these surfaces.   

4. Cover Your Mouth and Nose 

Place a cloth around your mouth and nose any time you are around others. In addition to wearing a cloth to work, you should wear it any time you go out in public. You should also continue to practice social distancing as you wear your face cloth.  

5. Avoid Gathering in Large Groups

Avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more people. If you meet in a group, practice social distancing. Furthermore, any non-essential meetings should be stopped until the coronavirus pandemic passes.  

6. Do Not Invite Visitors to Work

Do not allow friends, family members, and other loved ones to meet you at work. Instead, set up times to video or phone chat at the end of your workday.   

7. Keep an Eye Out for Coronavirus Symptoms 

Watch for a fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as these symptoms may appear within two to 14 days of exposure to the coronavirus. If you experience difficulty breathing, ongoing pain, bluish lips or face, or other emergency warning signs of COVID-19, contact your medical provider immediately.  

Discover Your Ideal Job with Help from HCR Personnel Solutions 

At HCR Personnel Solutions, we care about your health and well-being, and we want to help you stay safe and healthy throughout the coronavirus pandemic. As part of our efforts, we continue to help job seekers in the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario identify their dream rolesTo learn more, please contact us today! 

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